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House Bill 1722


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House Bill 1722

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF HB1722 (Updated February 24, 2009 3:50 pm - DI 84)

Indiana Soldiers' and Sailor's Children's Home. Establishes the Morton Residential Academy board (board). Changes the name of the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home to the Morton Residential Academy (children's home). Transfers responsibility for the children's home from the state health commissioner to the board. Makes conforming amendments. Provides that the children's home: (1) must continue to offer services to eligible children in need of residential care; and (2) must not reduce staffing levels and job classifications below those in effect at the home on January 1, 2009. Makes various changes relating to the administration of the children's home. Provides that the school at the children's home shall utilize an age appropriate military structure for grades seven through twelve. Provides that, beginning in 2010, the general assembly may introduce legislation to close the children's home if the children's home does not meet certain population requirements. Requires the school at the children's home to operate on a year- round schedule. Provides that the children's home shall receive state tuition support distributions. Provides that the department of child services shall consider placing a child in need of services or who is receiving foster care in the home. Provides that a juvenile court may enter a dispositional decree for a child in need of services ordering the department of child service's to place the child in the children's home. Repeals provisions relating to the administration of the children's home by the state health commissioner. Makes an appropriation of $2,000,000 to the children's home from a general state assistance grant from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or another federal economic stimulus law enacted in 2009.
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 In Committee - 2nd House
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